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Research Activities

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center scientists are currently conducting research on a wide variety of scientific topics. To view and search Patuxent's projects and other work by USGS staff, click on the following link: Research Topics.

Long-Term Programs

Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL)Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL)– Banding and recovery data are essential elements for estimating and monitoring waterfowl populations.

Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) – Monitoring the status of breeding bird populations in the United States and Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Wildlife Service: data, analyses, analytical software, information for participants

North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP)North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) – monitoring populations of vocal frogs and toads in the eastern United States

Northeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI)Northeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (ARMI) – Patuxent participates in this intensive monitoring and associated research studies on Department of the Interior lands in the northeastern United States.

Whooping CranesWhooping Cranes: The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center has been a leader in Whooping Crane research and recovery and is an active partner in the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.

Resources and References

Bird IdentificationBird Identification: The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center provides some learning tools for bird identification.  These tools include: Patuxent's Bird ID InfoCenter, Patuxent Bird Quiz, Bird Identification Tips, and Seasonal Bird Checklists.

Declining, Threatened, and Endangered Species DatabaseDeclining, Threatened, and Endangered Species Database - Species Decline: Contaminants as a Contributing Factor Database

Pollution and Contaminants Contributing to Species Decline as Outlined in Species Recovery PlansPollution and Contaminants Contributing to Species Decline as Outlined in Species Recovery Plans - This database lists and ranks the effects of environmental contaminants and pollutants contributing to threatened and endangered species decline

Interactive Tools for BBS Data AnalysisInteractive Tools for BBS Data Analysis

NBII Bird Conservation Node Population and Habitat DataNational Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Bird Conservation Node Population and Habitat Data

Population Analysis SoftwarePopulation Analysis Software – a variety of downloadable, statistical tools for analyzing bird or other population data

Population Databases - point counts, colonial waterbirds, morePopulation Databases – Audubon Christmas Bird Count Analysis 1959-1988, Avian Point Counts, Breeding Bird Census, Breeding Bird Survey, Colonial Waterbirds, Grassland Bird Home Page, Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas (some features of these databases are password-protected)

Products of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research CenterProducts of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Special Interest

Invasive Species ResearchInvasive Species Science Projects

Populations at RiskPopulations-at-Risk Science Projects

Waterfowl Populations Science ProjectsWaterfowl Populations Science Projects

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